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of folks were expecting president obama to come out and announce that they had decided to move forward unilaterally move forward without congressional approval, and that's not what he said. he said he has decided that military action is the right next step but that he is going to put the matter to a vote in congress, and of course we know in the past several days, more and more members of congress have been saying that they want a vote, and they think they deserve a vote before president obama actually launches any type of military strike, so it appears as though those voices have won in this case, so this will be put to a congressional vote. a couple things that stood out to me, craig. president obama saying that the chairman of the joint chiefs told him he is ready to move forward with military action, and that it's not necessarily time sensitive, that if this occurs in a month they would still be able to weaken assad's military capabilities. so that is one of the things that stood out. another thing, you didn't hear president obama say he was going to call congress back right now, a
to enforce a red line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the nightschihift. people doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that "vogue" magazine spread won't be angu h anguished by the sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no, the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying little family people whose husbands do the scud work. war sucks. even in neat little bite-size act of war like the one that might come any day now. and, yet, and yet. how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what the people in washington are doing. if we threaten the country, if it uses one weapon of mass destruction and goes ahead and ignores us, what worth does our threat hold against that
for tuning in. tonight's lead, commander in chief president obama and this country can's allies are nearing a decision on whether to strike syria over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. at this very hour, top administration officials are briefing members of congress about the situation there on the chemical attacks that left hundreds dead. and what our military options are. but taking this country into war should never be done with a rush to judgment. and the president made that clear. >> what i've said is that we have not yet made a decision, but the international norm against the use of chemical weapons needs to be kept in place. we are consulting with our allies. we are consulting with the international community. and, you know, i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria. but we do have to make sure that when countries break international enormous on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they're held accountable. >> yes. someone needs to be held accountable. and the rationale for a strike isn't cut and dry. as the associated press repor
with president obama's national security team moving forward with the syria plan. in an unusually hectic friday before labor day, today saw a flurry of conference calls and meetings on the crisis. if there are any doubts the u.s. will strike despite the fact that the president insists he's made no decision. this is president obama just a short time ago. >> we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale. i have said before and i meant what i said, that the world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. >> much earlier, the white house made public its unclassified intelligence report. the assessment of the syrian government's use of chemical weapons on august 21st is, 2013, determining that 14g 29 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children. and this afternoon, secretary of state john kerry went before the cameras making an impassioned case to punish assad. >> we need to ask, what is the risk of doing nothing? it matters because if we choose to live
. >> president obama spoke briefly to reporters shortly after kerry made those remarks. he was less emphatic, his message was similar. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people, including children, that they are held to account. >> the team of u.n. weapons inspectors invest galting tigai attack have now left syria. pentagon officials tell nbc news that five guided missile destroyers are in the eastern mediterranean sea and nearly all of the targets have already been loaded into the warheads of some 200 tomahawk cruise missiles. a strike would be limited and tailored to syria's chemical weapons program. president f president obama were to order such a strike it will come without support from great britain. prime minister david cameron suffered a humiliate regbuk in parliament after they voted against military intervention. cameron says he will honor their wishes. france's leader says they are in, and he -- any american strike would also come without the
the obama care act. >> they should be willing to defund it. >> i oppose obama care. >> you can't really de-fund obama care. >> in de-funding obama care. >> please, stop obama care. >> cruz has found kind of a niche. >> attack on john boehner from the far right. >> john boehner is in a pretty tough spot. >> sympathy for john boehner. >> or else they will start to call it john boehner care. >> fire, egypt, immigration, the debt. >> there must be a response. >> our borders are now better staffed and better protected. >> the fire is now 20% contained. >> it is not easy being the president. >> john boehner and the house republican leadership have been clearly sending the message that they are not willing to shut down the government at the end of september in order to force the president to agree to de-fund obama care. the message is simple and clear. that will not work. we can't force the president to go along with de-funding obama care. that message? simple enough has enraged some of their tea party friends and right wing radio talk show hosts. >> the republican leadership, that would be boehn
clown. who wore a president obama mask at the missouri state fair. congressman steve king tweeted, "mr. president, invite the rodeo clown to the white house for a beer summit. take the temperature down. have a laugh, relax. it's not about race." it's not about race. the fair goer who shot this video said other clowns played with the lips on the obama mask, and that the whole thing felt like a clan rally. this is ugly and tone deaf, but increasingly, the republican party is refusing to listen to anyone except its own carnival barkers. today republicans voted to boycott nbc and cnn as debate sponsors if the networks don't scrap their hillary clinton films. >> we're done putting up with this nonsense. there are plenty of other news outlets. we'll still reach voters, maybe more voters. but cnn and nbc anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks. >> now whether you like the idea of a hillary movie or not, it does seem strange that the gop's big idea to reach more viewers is to shut out two national networks from debates, while reportedly trying to get the gop ringmaster h
. he has done it to damascus, now he is doing it here. president obama today drew a red line here at home. any republican who tries to bring this country into the default, fails to pay interest on the national debt is the enemy. there will be no deals, the president says, no talks, no schmoozes, no bedtime stories, no nothing. you are cut off. america will pay its debts. it will not default. it will not destroy its credit in the world. and you can threaten. you can scream and yell, but the united states government will not fail in the bankruptcy because of this economic terrorism you on the right purport to be a political philosophy. well, the secretary of the treasury said it less dramatically this morning, but said it just as clearly. any attempt by the right wing to threaten this country with national default will be met with the strongest response, no deals. bashar al assad in damascus, but against those in this country who would jeopardize the country's financial strength. joining me right now are two political pros, democrat steve mcmahon, and republican john fayry. treasury
is beginning to take shape around, yes, of course, the repeal of obama care. and last night at a heritage foundation defund obama care event in texas, senator ted cruz tried to rally conservatives. >> what happens next is president obama and harry reid are going to scream and yell those mean, nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government. what has to happen after that is we've got to do something that conservatives haven't done in a long time. we've got to stand up and win the argument. why is it that every reporter in the media and a significant percentage of republicans assume with an impasse that president obama will never, ever, ever give up his principals so republicans have to give up theirs. if you have an impasse, you want to know one side or the other has to blink. how do we win this fight? don't blink! >> by the way, cruz was heckled at that event by people saying they wanted health care as well, but there were more supporters, as he said, than there were hecklers. earlier, though, former u.s. senator jim demint and president of the heritage foundation sa
. barack obama the man has led a remarkable life. he excelled in school. he climbed to the ivy league and made editor of the harvard law review in a blind test that has nothing to do with affirmative action. nothing. he has led an unblemished life, has been a solid faithful husband, a loving caring father to his daughters. his political flaw is that he spends too many evenings with his family and not enough time caging and winning over the follow politicians. he's too much the stay at home husband. and what has been the judgment of the right wing? have they said a single word of good about this man and of his character? even though he in fact meets every known standard, conservative standard of what a good man should be. clean, faithful, hard working, committed to goals, responsible, and yes when it comes to dealing with the country's enemies overseas, resolute. the content of his character? 50 years later i ask has this president of our os been given that test or has he been judged by his critics as martin luther king hopes we would get passed by the color of his skin. i think every
obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we have done that. and again, we are prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> we have two reports on these new developments. nbc news's kristen welker and amaa reporter also. >>> what's the latest and what are the options being considered. >> reporter: the white house, you're absolutely right, saying there's little doubt that chemical weapons were being used by the assad regime. they're reacting to the fact that the syrian government will let u.n. inspectors into the alleged site of the chemical weapons attack. the white house expressing concern that it could be too little too late. they say that area has been shelled for five straight days. here's a statement from the administration, an administration official, that we just got this morning. this avenue says, quote, at this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to gran access would be considered to late to be credible including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a res
president obama took the oath of office, hasn't it? he's a socialist, a communist, he's a marxist, we've heard it all. low information voters are buying this stuff. what's really bad about it all as we go into year six of president obama, now this white consecutive movement is starting to infiltrate into the legislative process in america and we sit here silent about it? i will not. this is dangerous for the country. and it needs to be directly addressed. governor dalrimble, own up, dude. do you want this stuff in your backyard in leaf, north dakota? is that the north dakota way? get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. will conservatives have the character to condemn racism in america. text to 67622. go to our blog at ed.msnbc.com. we'll bring you the results later on in the show. for more, let's turn to hillary shelten of the naacp and ohio state senator nina turner. >> mr. shelton, it has been 50 years since the march on washington. we all want to feel like we're moving forward. but when stories like this prop up, when i go to alabama and hear these comments, i thin
, beck, or o'reilly. >> my contention is that the obama administration is encouraging parasites to come out and, you know, take as much as they can with no remorse. and this is how a country declines. this is how we become a weak nation. >> so if you need food stamps, you're a parasite. that wasn't exactly his language when he supported billions of dollars to bail out bankers in need. but this is the heartless talk we keep hearing from the right. and bill o'reilly is hardly alone. tea party senator rand paul is comparing the use of food stamps to slavery. in an interview he said access to food and water is not a right, because, quote, once you conscript people and say oh, it's a right, then really you're in charge. it's servitude. you're in charge of me, and i'm supposed to do whatever you want to tell me to do. so if you take food stamps, you're accepting servitude. senator, what about if you're hungry? and it doesn't stop at food stamps. here is what republican congressman dave joyce was caught on tape saying about the unemployed. >> there's three million jobs every month in this coun
. . >>> are plans on hold for president obama? it's thursday, august 29th, and this is now. i'm karen finney in for alex wagner. eight days after a chemical attack killed hundreds of innocent civilians and left thousands injured, the u.s. and international community are still awaiting their response. the u.n. security council failed to reach an agreed yesterday on a draft resolution that would authorize military action in sear yarks but tyri syria. yesterday president obama said he had not yet made a decision about whether on-to-conduct a military strike in sear yarks but he did make the case for limited strikes and said the u.s. had concluded that the syrian government was in fact responsible for the attacks. the president also made clear that the syrian government would face consequences. >> i think it's important that if in fact we make a choice to have repercussions per the use of chemical weapons, then the assad regime involved in a civil war trying to protect itself will have received a pretty strong signal that in fact it better not do it again. >> although defense secretary chuck hag
increases even before there was such a thing as obama care. if you look at the specific fees cited by u.p.s. as a reason for dropping them they are a pittance compared to what the rise in health care has been. it raises the question to me just because the possibility, because they are saying it's because obama care, maybe it's an opportunity for the company to save some money and pin it on something controversial. >> we should consider that this sort of thing should have been anticipated and very easy to blame the companies but in fact the policy may be flawed. a lot of companies, large franchise companies saying that their franchisees will most likely once obama care kicks in reduce flows fewer hours because of the health care costs. you would think when they were planning -- when they were planning for this they would have anticipated these sorts of things. there's this poll in july that the "wall street journal" did, the commission showed 47% of the american people is against obama care at this point. support for obama care is down to 34%. then these stories come out. you get the sen
time about syria and about the difficult decision ahead of president obama as he weighs whether to take military action. good morning, everybody. i'm thomas roberts. >>> breaking news. president obama is meeting now as we speak with top advisers at the white house and if the president gives the green light to strike syria, he could end up doing it without congress and without america's steadfast a y ally. 8 in 10 said president obama should get congressional approval before any military strike. and some lawmakers say the president hasn't made the case. >> the constitution is very explicit on this. when you go to war, congress must authorize this. both the president and the vice president, once upon a time, before they became in power, understood this. >> the brsh aren't comiitish ar. headlines "the daily news." david cameron's stunning decision not to join the strike after a no vote by his parliament. >> have you spoken to president obama yet? have you apologized to him? >> i haven't spoken to him since the vote on the debate but i expect to speak to him the next day or so. i don't thi
>>> good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm karen finney. we just heard from president obama about the situation in syria and the question remains, are we going to war? >> ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in syria. in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. over 1,000 people were murdered. young girls and boys, gassed to death. i have decide that had the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets. i've made a second decision. i will seek authorizing for the use of force from the american people's representatives in congress. the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective. i respect the views of these call for caution. what message will we send if f a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price? i know well that we are weary of war. but we are the united states of america. we cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happened in damascus. we lead with the belief that right makes might. not the othe
at columbus. and the author of "the price of ticket, barack obama and the rise and fall of politics." and eleanor norton, who was one of the organizers of the march. and she was there today. in the face of this collective wisdom on this subject i am going to bow in humility, and not presume anything. i would like to invite each of you to react to this day and to this day 50 years ago, beginning with eleanor holmes norton, the only one who was present at both. >> 50 years ago, we were trying to make sure that the president of the united states was with us. he was our ally, but he discouraged the march. to be sure, he was so moved by the march, that afterwards he embraced the march and introduced a bill that would later become the 1964 civil rights act. now, here we have three presidents. that in itself speaks to the success of the march. but this was a terrible challenge to present to the three living presidents. of the three, it seems to me that jimmy carter found his role and function, leaving aside the fact that he was the one that understood the irony of being in washington where
evidence and now, of course, what comes next, barack obama is now moving closer to military strike. "boston globe" also talking about a coming military strike. it looks like it's probably going to happen. let's get to news. >> top u.s. officials now say chemical weapons were used in da masses cas and the president is considering a limited military strike on select targets inside the country. yesterday u.n. inspectors visited the site of the attacks and though low expectations for what their probe will uncover, secretary of state john kerry says there is little doubt as to what happened there. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the contents of the world. p it defies any code of more reality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. the reported number of victims the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the firsthand accounts from humanitarian organizations, these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us, is real
as the nation's first black president spoke from the same spot dr. king did 50 years ago today. president obama paid tribute to the civil rights activist who's marched for change in the face of adversity. >> because they kept marching, america changed. because they marched the civil rights law was passed. because they marched a voting rights law was signed. because they marched doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody else's laundry or shining somebody else's shoes. because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and congress changed and yes, eventually the white house changed. because they marched, america became more free and more fair. not just for african-americans but for women and latinos. asians and native americans. for catholics, jews and muslims, for gays, for americans with disabilities, america changed for you and for me. and the entire world drew strength from that example. >> president obama highlighted the remarkable progress our country has made because
the uk supporting a strike on syria, prime minister cameron says he will act accordingly. president obama's team is pushing forward. back here at home, top administration officials urged congress to back military action against the assad regime. we'll talk to two top senators about the case for action. and while syria takes center stage for the white house, behind the scenes, they're prepping a previous president's push on health care. can bill clinton rally skeptic and a ton of twentysomethings to sign up in october? good morning, it's friday, august 30th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck eliza in for chuck todd today. we begin with syria. whether president obama is willing to go it alone. as he moves closer to a decision about whether to launch air strikes in retaliation for last week's chemical weapons attack, support for that action may be waning. on thursday, protesters marched outside the white house, demanding the u.s. not launch missile strikes against the assad regime. inside, the president and his top officials were working to make the case to skeptical lawmakers. the
. it is a folly built on a fantasy that doing this is going to get the approval of the senate and barack obama. it is never going to happen. so you are going to shut down the government for no reason. yesterday mitt romney weighed in on it. >> the former presidential candidate told a group of donors that the plan led by conservatives would hurt national security. that doesn't make it easy for some republican lawmakers like north carolina congressman. >> this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee to defund obama care? yes or no? i want yes or no. no. >> we need to show the american people we stand for conservative values. >> this guy has probably voted to get rid of obama care 20 times. i mean, they take the vote every week. >> 40 times. >> they voted 40 times. so you now have this happening all over america. i said it the other day. i know there are stupid people on the internet and they have to do something. >> they don't like your pants. >> they are wandering the streets, going to get hit by cars or in mama's basement. rather than be in mama's basement writing stup
received our highest honor. we'll tell you his incredible story of bravery. >>> plus, president obama's likely nominee for new fed head. a major dog fighting ring busted and marking 50 years since this man and his message changed the world. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm betty nguyen. secretary of state john kerry says the evidence is clear. the man mouth human suffering undeniable. >> it defies any code of morality. let me be clear, the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral on sce obscenity. >> ayman mohyeldin is live in cairo. >> reporter: the u.n. inspection team will head back out into the eastern part of damascus where they completed their first day yesterday. now as we were talking about it earlier, they did meet with eye witnesses, interview some of the patients that were being treated for alleged chemical weapons symptoms. they were also able to collect samples from in and around the area. it's not yet clear whether or not they're going to make their findings public, but a lot of people
obama made it clear. syria will have to answer for what the secretary of state called a, quote, brutal and flagrant use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. it comes just hours after white house intelligence report was released. detailing the horrors within that country and the evidence that it has against the assad regime. the president met earlier today with his national security team. and while he confirmed that no final decision has been made, he said the atrocities cannot be ignored. >> this kind of attack is a challenge to the world. we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale. this kind of attack threatens our national security interests by violating well established international norms against the use of chemical weapons, by further threatening friends and allies of ours in the region like israel and turkey and jordan, and it increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us. >> his comments come after secretary of state kerr
intelligence. >>> kristen welker is in martha vineyards where president obama is vacationing. what are lawmakers saying to you about this latest threat? >> reporter: alex, good day to you. lawmakers seem to be on the same page. closing the 19 embassies was the right move because it pointed to the fact that al qaeda was planning either one large explosion or a series of explosions. here's a little bit more on that from congressman peter king. take a listen. >> the intelligence that i saw here was at least as powerful as anything i've seen since 9/11, probably the closest would be the liquid explosive plot out of london in 2006. but this was very credible. it was corroborated and spoke of a massive attack and to me was the right thing to do. >> now, alex, some republicans did use the closure of those 19 embassies to attack president obama's foreign policy center. john mccain making a point that the peninsula has gotten much stronger in recent years and also argue that it's an indication that president obama hasn't been strong enough in terms of combatting that growing presence and th
. america has come a long way in 50 years. and the fact that barack obama is president of the united states means we can finish this journey toward what dr. king dreamed about. >> i can't help but think 50 years lighter all the things that martin luther king talked about are in place, racism, poverty, inequality. to see an african-american president up there in front of the lincoln memorial today. think about barack obama who had just turned 2 a few weeks prior when the speech was made. his mother and probably his grandparents were watching it, living in a segregated country where fire hoses were turned on americans. what a moment today. put the politics aside. to see that man 50 years later standing on the same step where martin luther king stood. >> it is amazing. wla last night he had a reception at the white house. when i waps standing in the east room and they brought in dr. king's sister and i saw the picture of george washington and looked at president obama it brought tears to my eyes. i was only 8 years old when the march happened. they never could have dreamed that the president o
machine for a triumphant return to washington in the never-ending west to defund and destroy obama care. >>> plus a texas megachurch where ministers push faith healing over vaccinations is now at the epicenter of a measles outbreak. why science is being ignored and kids are now paying the price. all that ahead. >>> but we begin tonight with the drumbeat for u.s. military strikes against sere wra. in just the last 24 hours since we last talked to you, a consensus among the united states and its allies has hardened remarkably quickly and it is apparent there will be military action against syria possibly by the end of the week. >> there's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in syria. the syrian regime. the president believes, and i believe, that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children, should and must be held accountable. >> that was, of course, vice president joe biden, who used a previously scheduled speech before the american legion to make those remarks. at the white house, spokesman jay carney was in day two of setti
in the enforcement of the federal marijuana laws. a lot to talk about today. we begin in syria. if president obama decides to take action against the assad regime it appears he'll do that without the support of our two strongest european allies. the british parliament voted against a limited strike against syria. >> why do our allies in qatar and others in the middle east cannot take military action. >> is it in britain's military interest to have a taboo on chemical weapons on the battlefield? yes. our actions won't be derpd by my good friend and ally the american president they will be decided by this government and votes of this house of commons. >> now despite being in support of military intervention in syria, cameron said he would comply with parliament's decision. assad said syria needs a political solution as u.n. inspectors have been ordered to leave the country. united states has now order a fifth war ship into the med. yesterday leaders of congress were briefed by the president's foreign policy team where they were told president obama believes beyond a doubt that the syrian government
the question, can the u.s. and prausesident oa go it alone? >> president obama makes his case for action in syria, this crisis in syria. >> president obama laid down his thoughts. however, congress right now very reluctant. >> many members of congress are not on board. >> some members are calling on congress. >> 116 congress members. >> the american representatives need to be a part of that discussion. >> we do need to see some approve. >> this whole debate is contaminated by the legacy of iraq. >> i am deeply mindful. >> british lawmakers are pumping the brakes, as well. >> the well of public opinion was well and truly poisoned by the iraq episode. >> because of iraq. >> the ground war is under way. those weapons of mass destruction have to be somewhere. >> this is not like iraq. >> there is a broad consensus here. >> i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria. >> while washington is not talking about regime change, the syrian rebels certainly are. >> first and foremost to the american public, we do need to see proof. >> what would the legal justification be? >> what
obama is confirming the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime. >> we have concluded that the syrian government carried these out. there is a prospect or possibility in which chemical weapons that have devastating effects could be directed at us. we want to make sure that that does not happen. >>> we're joined live from the region. tell us what the latest is there. >> good morning, betty. well, the situation remains tense across the region. today un inspectors have gone out for a third day in various parts of damascus to try and ascertain exactly what happened on august 21st. they're trying to interview people collecting samples. they say they need more time. the end of the mandate is saturday. they are expected to wrap up within the next 48 hours and then ultimately submit their findings to the united nations. some are saying that no military action should take place until that report is submitted, until there's a clear vote from the united nations security counsel. across the region, though, reaction is not waiting. most people here are anticipating that strike. som
as president obama. >> yeah, joe. david cameron really shocked because it was defections within his own party that caused ta defeat and if president obama decides to take action against the assad regime it appears he will be doing so without the support of our two strongest european allies. after an eight-hour debate the british parliament voted to reject a limited strike against syria. >> why is it that our allies in the middle east like saudi emirates, qatar, kuwait and others, cannot take military action, why does it fall on us yet again? >> put simply, is it in britain's national interest to maintain an international taboo about the use of chemical weapons on the battlefield, my argument is question it is. >> i take a question from the scottish national party. >> does he know if there are any plans over the last few days for any military action before next week, planned at all against syria? >> i obviously can't discuss the details of potential action in detail in front of this house, but i can tell the house that american president and i have had discussions that have been reported in th
could be the fallout? meanwhile, president obama getting pushback from overseas. we will tell you what one world leader is saying. and here in the u.s., protests already springing up across this country, with more planned for today. hello, everyone. it is high noon here in the east, 9:00 a.m. out west. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." senior aides telling nbc news the white house is holding conference calls to brief senators on syria, possibly one of the last pieces of business before a military strike. nbc news has also learned all members of the house are invited to an in-person classified briefing on syria. it is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. meantime, one key democratic lawmaker tells msnbc he would like more information from the obama administration ahead of any potential strike. here's what congressman gregory meeks told me today. >> the facts are what the facts are. let us see what the facts are, let us make sure that we can relate those facts to all of the allies and to nato, et cetera, to get everybody on board. there's no need to rush into it. let the facts come out
. >> meanwhile the "san francisco chronicle" reports many people uninformed about obama care are falling prey to scams. the scams can take the form of e-mails or phone calls from people pretending to be representatives of the federal government and even solicitors going door to door trying to sign people up for fake medical cards or seeking personal information. what do you think about what's going to happen this fall? >> oh. it's hard to predict. obviously with respect to the budget showdown i don't think the president is going to budge. i don't see why he will or would because this his signature legislation. if they're saying delay the thing for a year i doubt that he would do that. but, you know, the weekly radio address was very interesting in part because we're at this point right now where there is a, you know, sabotaging going on of the plan or an attempt. the biggest move is to get people to burn their obama care cards as if they exist but encourage young people not to sign up, avoid the exchanges as a way to make sure the overall bill is sabotaged. this is a very critical juncture an
cancelinging president obama's planned bilateral talks with his russian counterpart. president obama and vladimir putin were expected to sit down and discuss, among other things, syria's ongoing civil war. the kremlin said it is disappointed by the cancellation. the decision reportedly unanimous by the president's national security team. the icy standoff rekindles a debate between mitt romney and president obama during the 2012 campaign. >> this is to russia that this is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe. they fight every cause for the world's worst actors. the idea that he has more flexibility in mind for russia is very, very troubling, indeed. >> governor romney, i'm glad that you recognize that al qaeda is a threat because a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing america, you said russia. not al qaeda. in the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the cold war has been over for 20 years. >> white house -- >> boy, that's a cute line. it's just so dead wrong. it's not even funny. and every single
of a tweet. a false tweet which said that president obama had been injured. >> it all began about 1:07 this afternoon. with this tweet from "associated press." "breaking, two explosions in the white house, and barack obama is injured." the message went to "ap's" 1.9 million twitter followers and spread like a virus. re-tweeted almost 5,000 times within a minute. but it was a fake. "ap's "account had been hacked. >> it partly explains the unusual activity in the dow. >> the dow began plunging, and within three minutes, dropped more than 140 points. >> you looked around the floor. you saw people running. you saw people upset. not sure what was going on. just watching this market trade lower. >> automatic trading programs kicked in. >> human beings weren't making these trades. these were computers. algorithms designed to skim the headlines and find negative or positive words and help companies profit on the results. >> minutes after that first message "ap's" corporate account tweeted it was bogus and suspended the "ap's" twitter page. >> i can say the president is fine. i was just with
. martin luther king jr. delivered his iconic "i have a dream" speech. today, president obama plans to honor the man and his legacy. this is what president obama had to say. >> when it comes to the economy, when it comes to the challenges that inner cities experience, he would say that we have not made as much progress as the civil and social process and it's not enough to have a black president. >> on the mall, the birmingham alabama church was bombed in 1963 and four young black girls were killed. >>> today also marks another significant date in civil rights history. it was the day the body of emmitt till was found in mississippi. >>> an act of honesty caught on tape in northern new jersey. buddy's small lot was closed when a surveillance video shows four teens entering the store. instead of making off with batteries and ear phones, they leave carbon the counter, including sales tax. >> i think it's terrific that there are still people out there that have moral character not to do the wrong thing and they easily could. >> it seems a malfunctioning door lock is to blame after emplo
the chemical weapon as tack. president obama made strong statements during an exclusive interview on pbs's newshour. >> we have looked at all the evidence and we do not believe the opposition possessed nuclear weapons -- or chemical weapons of that sort. we do not believe that given the delivery systems, using rockets that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. we have concluded that the syrian government, in fact, carried these out. and if that's so, then there need to be international consequences. >> the president also expresses concerns over chemical weapons being used against us here in the united states. >> their control over chemical weapons may erode where they're given to known terrorist organizations that in the past have targeted the united states. then there is a prospect, a possibility in which chemical weapons that can have devastating effects could be directed at us. and we want to make sure that that does not happen. >> president obama insisted that no final decision has been made on a military strike against syria. at the fort hood trial, a military jury se
. king addressed the country decades earlier, president obama brought the point of today home. today is not just about commemorating the dream, but advancing it. because those who came before us worked too hard, sacrificed too much for us not to keep working. >> through setbacks and heart breaks and gnawing doubt, that flame of justice flickered. and never died. and because they kept marching, america changed. because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. because they marched, a voting rights law was signed. because they marched doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves not shining somebody else's shoes. because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and congress changed and, yes, eventually the white house changed. >> america has changed. but this country still yearns for economic justice. and every one of us can help create change. no matter who we are or what we do. >> the mother who pours her love into her daughters so she grows up with the confidence to walk through t
's war fatigue is not, in his mind, an excuse for inaction. >> president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own timelines based on our values and our interests. we know that after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am, too. but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about, and history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator's wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency. these things we do know. >> john kerry's extremely strong statement this afternoon seemed to leave almost zero doubt the white house intended to act unilaterally in syria with a military strike, but then rather confusingly, it was almost immediately followed up with a statement from the president, himself, at an event with baltic leaders that if not substantively opposed to kerry, the opposite in tone. >> the world has an obligation to make sure that we m
on civilians. last night, the obama national security team shared intelligence with top members of congress in a 90-minute teleconference. it was enough to convince minority leader nancy pelosi that the u.s. should strike. in a rare interview, former president bush talked about the enormity of the situation. take a listen. >> the president has to make a tough decision. putting our military into harm's way is the toughest decision a president will make. >> let's bring in msnbc.com daphne and jack jacobs retired army colonel and reporter m.j. lee. with the development from the uk, the no vote, how might that change the ability for the president to garner support here in the united states? >> i think, you know, it means quite a bit. i wonder why the united states couldn't have put forth the intelligence they planned to put forth today to the public before the british parliament had voted. maybe that would have made a difference. i think for the president, you know, he wants to go in, if he does, with the greatest amount of support and to have to show that your key ally, your strongest ally, yo
. how president obama handles the hopes of the joshua generation. >>> plus as debt and a sense of despair looms large over motown, detroit's next mayor will be former hospital chief mike duggin or the man we'll meet this morning, wayne county sheriff benny napoleon. august 27th, this is "the daily rundown." lets get to my first reads of the morning. secretary of state john kerry laid out an aggressive case for intervention in syria arking evidence of the largest chemical attack in decades is undeniable. the latest escalation with a steady drum beat by the united states and its allies, which is clearly a leadup to military action. >> the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. president obama has made clear to the outside regime that this international norm cannot be violated without consequences. >> it's an important phrase. you heard it a lot, not just from john kerry but jay carney, international norm, significant, ready for strike significant on three main tracks, one, intelligence community backing up conclusions the c
president obama, that was passed through congress and signed into law. president obama signed the bill to fix that disparity with his attorney general eric holder looking on as he signed it. just two weeks ago attorney general eric holder issued dramatically new directions for federal prosecutors telling them essentially to stop charging people for most drug offenses in a way that would trigger those mandatory minimum sentences. a huge reversal. that's a huge reversal after 30 years of the laws and the guidelines always clamping down in the opposite direction. and then today biggest change yet. in november, colorado and washington state both passed ballot measures legalizing pot in small quantities for recreational use. lots of states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes but in the last few years, more than a dozen states have done that. but in colorado and washington, voters said the police should not care why you are using pot. if you are using pot to get intoxicated, to get high, that should not be illegal in small amounts for personal use. pot should instead jus
shelling in the area. on saturday, president obama reviewed a range of options and possible targets with his national security team. the u.s. has already four destroyers nearby in the mediterranean sea, two within missile range. members of congress are comparing the situation to kosovo calling for surgical strikes using cruise missiles. >> i think we have to respond and i think we have to respond in conjunction with our nato allies, respond much as was done in libya with the nato allies and i think we cannot afford to sit back and wait. >> president assad says this morning, quote, failure awaits the united states if it attacks. comparing a conflict with syria to vietnam. >> well, i don't know. we could just kill you. actually. it wouldn't really be hard to find you and kill you. >> there is that. >> i mean, i don't think it's going to take us -- >> here's reuters. >> showing tepid support at home. only 25% of americans would want the u.s. to intercede, down five points from two weeks ago. andrew roberts writes in the "wall street journal," it takes a barbarian to employ poison gas.
to defund obama care. so ted cruz, he's a player. >> just ask him. >> no. listen, he's going to iowa and people are going -- >> people like him. people are excited about him. >> why? >> i think he taps into -- >> because he's a cade nade yan. >> the sinking sarah palin base, people that were excited about sarah palin, have now transferred to ted cruz. >> and michele bachmann. >> so that is a vibrant part of the republican party, love them or hate them, they look every two to four years for someone that will champion their animosity towards the large federal bureaucracy. >> it's resentment. >> animosity. >> resentment. but it's the sarah palin supporters, the herman cain supporters in a sense the donald trump supporters. you line them all up and that's -- and we have people going out there -- who knows. maybe cruz is going towards 2016 more powerful because instead of tripping over, you know, sarah palin and herman cain and michele bachmann and all these other people, maybe he has that space all to himself. >> but what -- >> and then there's rand paul the libertarian. >> which is so m
and obama care. cory booker took a major step toward becoming new jersey's next u.s. senator with a commanding victory in the state's democratic primary. with 98% reporting, booker won a clear majority with nearly 60% of new jersey democrats supporting the mayor from nuke. >> they say that i, they say that we are being naive. to them i say have you ever met us? do you know where i've been working for the last 17 years? do you know that -- do you know that this is newark, new jersey and we don't do naive? >> he'd do better if he was just holding a baby, doesn't you think? he faces republican steve lonigan who is gearing up for the october special election. >> americorpsy booker has an advantage. he's been anointed by hollywood. the hollywood elite have descended from their penthouse apartments in the belaire hotel, from the heights of the hollywood hills to come to new jersey to tell us who our next u.s. senator will be. >> moving on to awkward now. san diego mayor bob filner. >> our guy. >> yeah. >> how is he still mayor? >> incredible. >> i was going to put this in news you
home celebrating the election of barack obama. and people in the room started to cry, and someone said to me, professor jones, did you think you live long enough to see an african-american elected president? i said no. but excuse me, my tears are not for the election of barack obama's president. my tears are for all of those persons that i personally knew, personally knew -- i called them wintertime soldiers, who made his election possible. and the president today and even earlier, he reflected that in the very poignant and moving speech. i thought he gave an exceptionally good speech today. it was balanced, it was right on the money, and near the end i could hear his moving over to be like a baptist preacher, i knew he had more sense than to completely go there. it was a beautiful speech. it was balanced. and as some of your guests have said, i heard on -- i don't know whether it was your show but the chris hayes show, is that we're realists. the dream substantially has been realized, john lewis said, anybody would have to be blind, deaf and not recognized in 50 years, there are no si
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